Now celebrating its 20th season, Orlando Chamber Choir is a small and friendly London chamber choir which performs regularly in Central London venues. While specialising in Renaissance and baroque music the choir has succeeded in building a varied repertoire stretching over five centuries - including a cappella music and more ambitious works in co-operation with professional soloists and instrumentalists.
The choir consists of about 40 enthusiastic amateur musicians. Most have had singing lessons or vocal training and many perform with other choirs as well. The experience and ambition of the singers allows Orlando Chamber Choir to concentrate on musical interpretation and vocal technique to ensure performances that are more than just note perfect.
Orlando Chamber Choir has had the privilege of working with five outstanding musical directors since it was founded in 1994: Brian Gordon, Edward Wickham, James Weeks, Richard Wilberforce and, from September 2013, Will Dawes. It is thanks to their musical expertise and vocal techniques that the choir has developed its rich and distinctive sound.
The choir promotes at least three major concerts each year, often performing at St James's Piccadilly. Highlights include a triumphant large-scale performance of Handel's oratorio Alexander's Feast with James Weeks, the excitingly rhythmical Latin American baroque programme El Nuevo Mundo directed by Richard Wilberforce and, in November 2013, a beautifully atmospheric performance of Schütz' Musikalische Exequien and Scarlatti's ten-part Stabat Mater with Will Dawes. Apart from these major concerts Orlando Chamber Choir regularly promotes smaller projects such as Christmas Carol concerts and choral workshops.
Orlando Chamber Choir is a registered charity (no. 1059881).